Heisman Watch 2020: Wait, Are They Giving Out the Heisman?
Do we even know if they’re going to give out the Heisman Trophy this year? I don’t – anyway, we’re going to keep on rolling with the Heisman Watch here on SoBros Network and pretend like everything is okay and we’re going to get a full, normal season of college football. Here’s the Heisman Watch intro:
The Heisman Trophy is one of the strangest awards in the sports world. There’s no objective way to win…by default, people vote on the award. So, for the most part, it’s all about perception. Numbers don’t seem to matter as much as winning and having those signature “Heisman” moments, but you have to have both to win it all. We’re talking about the big time players from the big time teams in the big time conferences.
Which is unfortunate, in my opinion. I’m a strong proponent of everyone at least getting a shot, but that’s just not the way the world works. So, with that in mind, I’m taking a look at who’s who in the 2020 Heisman race so far based on who fits the seemingly arbitrary criteria laid forth by the Heisman Trust. But, if you think I’m wrong to do so, feel free to hit up the comments.
2020 Heisman Watch: Week 2
5. Travis Etienne – The Tigers have quite the pair of Heisman contenders on offense, and looking at that schedule, it might turn into a competition between the two as to who takes home the hardware. Etienne, to the surprise of no one, was impressive in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest – tallying 102 yards and a score on the ground, with 47 receiving yards to boot. He averaged a whopping six yards per carry.
4. Kyren Williams, Notre Dame RB – Big day for Williams, as the sophomore stepped into the starting role and ran wild – 112 rushing yards, two scores, and another 93 receiving yards as the Irish pulled away from Duke in the 4th quarter. If they get production like this every week, Williams is going to make Ian Book‘s job a lot easier. This Notre Dame team should be viewed as a legitimate National Championship contender.
3. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma QB – There were legitimate questions at the quarterback position for the Sooners after a stellar run there for several years. The level of competition is going to get stronger, but at least in the season opener, which effectively served as a preseason game, Rattler answered the bell. He went 14/17 for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
2. Sam Ehlinger, Texas QB – We’ll see what happens as the season goes on, as the Longhorns have shown a propensity for falling off in recent years, but to start the season, this is EXACTLY what you want to see out of your Heisman hopeful quarterback. Ehlinger went 25/33 for 426 yards and FIVE touchdowns in the 59-3 win over UTEP.
1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB – He’s the clear favorite for this award now that Justin Fields is seemingly out of the equation, and he certainly played like it. You can debate whether or not Wake Forest was a quality opponent, but it was a lot better of a win, on the road in Winstom-Salem, than any other Heisman contender this week (except for maybe Williams).
Lawrence went 22/28 for 351 yards and a touchdown, with another couple of scores on the ground. He’s in firm control of this race right now.
UPDATED SOBROS HEISMAN WATCH POINTS STANDINGS
5. Travis Etienne – 1
4. Kyren Williams – 2
3. Spencer Rattler – 3
2. Sam Ehlinger – 4
1. Trevor Lawrence – 5
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